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06/27/2008

CA: Johnny Mac supports ban that's whack

by Jeremy Hooper

Mcsames-John-McCainThis from the dubiously-named ProtectMarriage.com group:

United States Senator John McCain today announced his support for the California Protection of Marriage initiative on the state's November ballot, leaders of the ProtectMarriage.com campaign announced. In an email received by the ProtectMarriage.com campaign, Senator McCain issued the following statement:

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I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making these decisions."

Commenting on the endorsement of Senator McCain, ProtectMarriage.com Chairman Ron Prentice said, "We are honored to have the support of Senator McCain. As a leader in the United States Senate and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Senator McCain's position will be an important factor to millions of Californians. Senator McCain has articulated a key feature of the initiative campaign, which is that voters and not judges should be determining this issue. Over 61% of the electorate has already voted to reaffirm marriage as between a man and a woman. Four activist judges on the California Supreme Court in San Francisco wrongly substituted their own narrow views for the opinion of over 4 million California voters. Fortunately, voters will be able to correct that mistake in November and restore the definition of marriage to our constitution. We look forward to working with Senator McCain and many other elected leaders to accomplish this. We hope that U.S Senator Barack Obama will join Senator McCain in endorsing the initiative, and would welcome his support as well."

The weird thing about the McCain statement? Arizona is the one state that, despite his backing, FAILED to pass a marriage ban at the polls. So what does he mean, "just as we did in..Arizona"? If that's the measure for success that McCain and ProtectMarriage.com want to place on the California version of the constitutional misstep, then we'll totally get behind that!

As for Obama's potential support? Well, if marriage ban proponents are holding their breath for the Dem nominee to support this mean-spirited amendment, then we're not going to have to worry about November, as all of them will be passed out on the floor. Obama might (publicly) say he supports marriage "between a man and a woman" and that he's only in favor of civil unions. But regardless of that pragmatic, tentative toe-dipping in the waters of equality, he knows FAR BETTER than to even consider throwing gays to the anti-gay sharks!

U.S. Senator John McCain Endorses California Protection of Marriage Initiative [ProtectMarriage.com press release via Christian Newswire]

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